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Glenwood Auction Attracting National Interest

By Joe Foreman, Editor

Hundreds of bidders – live and online – are expected to participate in a one-of-a-kind auction that’s taking place this weekend in Glenwood.


In addition to an assortment of antique furniture, sports memorabilia, Barbie dolls and other collectibles, the Naomi and Ken Goldapp estate auction will feature one of the most extensive pottery collections in the Midwest.

“This is the kind of stuff you don’t see every day,” said auctioneer Al Hughes. “My uncle has been in this business for 30 years and he’s never seen anything like it. There will be people coming in from all over for the pottery. And people will be bidding online – maybe somebody who’s living in a place like New York City.”

The extensive pottery and glassware collection will be sold piece by piece. Over 175 pieces of Hull pottery, dating back to the early 1900s, 30 pieces of Roseville pottery, Cranberry and Fenton glass, Flo Blue, Fiesta and Little Red Riding Hood kitchen collectibles make up just a fraction of the items up for auction.

“This is stuff they collected for 50-plus years,” Hughes said. “Most of it was just packed away. Many of the pieces have a sales receipt in them that show how much they paid for the item when they bought it.”

The furniture, much of it of the antique variety, ranges from end tables and curio cabinets to desks and bedroom furniture.

The sports memorabilia includes dozens of unopened sets of baseball, football, hockey and basketball cards, and collector’s plates that feature some of Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame players and vintage ballparks. There’s even a baseball signed by Kansas City Royals Hall of Famer George Brett.

The Barbie collection includes everything from seven Happy Holidays special edition dolls, to the Chinese Empress, Moon Goddess, Cinderella, Dalmatians and the Star Trek Barbie and Ken special collection.

Live auctioning will begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday at the former Terry Thomas Auto dealership. Online bidding actually began earlier this week on proxibid.com and will continue through the oral auction.

Hughes said online bidders will be able to tune in to the oral auctions as they’re taking place and continue making bids via their computers.

A complete listing and photographs of all the auction items can be found on the Al Hughes Auction Services website.